WOMEN refugees, accommodated in the Nduta and Nyarugusu camps in the Kigoma region, benefited from an awareness campaign on reproductive health, thanks to the initiative of T-MARC Tanzania.
According to T-MARC Tanzania, the objective of conducting the outreach program was to support the Ministry of Interior through a public-private partnership (PPP) to provide refugees and disadvantaged people with life-saving commodities. education and health.
Quality reproductive health services are essential to the well-being of refugees and other people of concern, the non-governmental organization insisted.
The campaign which started on June 20 and continued until June 24, 2022 involved the provision of education to refugee women and the distribution of reproductive health products – Flexi P for every woman of reproductive age in both fields.
Flexi P oral contraceptive pills provide women with a convenient, reliable and affordable modern short-term family planning method, said Tumaini Kimasa, Managing Director of T-MARC Tanzania.
They are widely available throughout Tanzania and can be used by women to choose to prevent pregnancy, whether they wish to delay the onset of childbirth or to space births. .
T-MARC Tanzania’s goal in commercializing Flexi P is to help achieve a contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) of 42% among women of reproductive age in Tanzania by 2023.
“In line with one of our goals to increase access to priority health commodities, we visited refugee camps in Kigoma to conduct reproductive health education, including the distribution of reproductive health commodities,” said Kimasa.
“The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calls on stakeholders to lend their support to ensure that everyone, no matter when and where, has the opportunity to maintain good sexual and reproductive health. one of the reasons why T-MARC Tanzania got involved by providing education to refugee women of childbearing age, including distributing reproductive health commodities,” added Kimasa.
Sustainable Development Goal 3 reflects concrete ambitions to improve sexual and reproductive health around the world, including in humanitarian and refugee contexts.
According to T-MARC Tanzania, access to quality sexual and reproductive health services plays a vital role in the well-being of a human being and is particularly relevant for people living in a situation of forced displacement.
Recently, T-MARC Tanzania delivered 76,000 cycles of oral contraceptives to the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar.
Besides distributing contraceptives, T-MARC Tanzania addresses relevant health issues in reproductive health, family planning, maternal health, child survival, water and sanitation, nutrition and communicable/non-communicable infections such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Covid-19. and cervical cancer.